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July 31, 2019 – Happy Birthday Dave Dobreff

Posted on July 30, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a perfect day to celebrate the accomplishments of Michigan Man Dave Dobreff and wish him a very happy birthday! According to the 1991 Michigan Media Guide, David “Dave” Dobreff was born on this day near Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He grew up in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and attended L’Anse Creuse High School. Dave was an outstanding athlete who earned a total of nine varsity letters in football (3), basketball (2) and lacrosse (4). He was an All-State football player in 1988 and earned three years of All-state honors in Lacrosse. Somehow, Dave found the time to be an excellent student as well.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Dave Dobreff

Recruited by Bo, but Played for Mo

Dave was recruited to play linebacker at Michigan by Bo Schembechler’s staff. Dobreff‘s name first appeared on a Michigan Football Roster in 1989. He was listed as a 6’ 3”/230-pound player who wore # 48. Dave did not see any action in year one and he did not earn a varsity letter.

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Dave Dobreff lettered for Gary Moeller’s first three teams from 1990 to 1992. He helped the Wolverines win three consecutive Big Ten Titles. Photo courtesy of the 1991 Michigan Football Media Guide.

Dobreff played in ten games in 1990 and earned two starts. He made five tackles in his first career start against Maryland. Dave also intercepted his first pass against Purdue. He earned his first letter in 1990 and was a contributor on Gary Moeller’s first football team. The Wolverines  ended the season at 9 wins and 3 losses. They won a share of the Big Ten Title with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses.

Dave Dobreff’s third season did not work out as well. A nagging neck injury limited his playing time. He did not earn any starts in 1991, but he did play enough to earn his second letter. Michigan improved their record to 10 wins and 2 losses. The Wolverines posted a perfect record of 8-0-0 and gave Gary Moeller his first outright Big Ten Title and second in a row.

A Three-Time Letterman and Four Time Big Ten Champion!

Dobreff’s fourth season (1992) worked out better for him and for Michigan. Dave started two more games and played in every game. He earned his third varsity letter and helped Michigan to an excellent season. The Wolverines finished the year with a record of 9-0-3. Their conference record of 6 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties earned them a second straight conference championship. It was also Coach Moeller’s third consecutive championship.

Dave Dobreff was a good player on some great Michigan football teams. He was part of a Big Ten Championship team during all four of his years at Michigan. He finished his career with three varsity letters, 37 tackles and 1 interception.

So, today is a good day to wish Dave Dobreff a very “Happy Birthday!” Thanks for your contributions to the great history of Michigan football! Go Blue!


Part II. July 31, 2019 National Day Calendar Update




  • David Dobreff says:

    Great job whoever wrote this. Thank you.

    • David Dobreff says:

      Thank you Barry Gallagher.

    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the compliment. I wrote this article last year. If you checked my site out, you will notice that I write about Michigan players and coaches everyday. I base all my posts on the birthdates or passing date of Michigan Men, like you, who have made Wolverine Football the winningest program in the history of college football. I am actually going to run your article again this year because it was one of the most popular posts I did in July 2017. Go Blue!

      Barry Gallagher

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